The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSE NI) have published a Consultative Document, named “Proposals to revise and amend the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997 (RIDDOR)“, which seeks views on plans to revise Northern Ireland's occupational accident and disease reporting requirements under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 1997/455 (RIDDOR).

The Consultative Document contains proposed draft Regulations which may need to be amended depending on the outcome of the consultation.

The primary aim of the proposals is to simplify the RIDDOR reporting requirements and ensure the continued availability of information required for effective regulation whilst removing reporting requirements for data which is rarely used, or could be otherwise obtained. The consultation also re-introduces a proposal to extend the period for reporting injuries that lead to a worker being incapacitated for work from over three days to over seven days.

All of the other proposals in this Consultative Document mirror provisions in the Great Britain Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations SI 2013/1471, which came into force on 1 October 2013. Implementing these proposals will keep Northern Ireland RIDDOR legislation in line with that of Great Britain.

The closing date for receipt of comments is no later than noon on 20 January 2014.